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90 Days, 90 Voices is run by an award-winning team of journalists, artists and photographers who are dedicated to uplifting the stories of immigrants.
Our leadership team includes:
Nissa Rhee, Operations Director
Nissa is an award-winning independent journalist whose work frequently appears in The Christian Science Monitor and Chicago magazine. In her decade-long career, she has covered global issues as a producer at Chicago Public Radio, served as a foreign correspondent in South Korea and Vietnam, and reported on police abuse and gun violence in Chicago. In 2017, she received the Chicago Headline Club award for best in-depth reporting in a community newspaper and was named a reporting fellow at the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Previously, she served as a juvenile justice reporting fellow at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and as a Rotary Peace Fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Queensland. You can find more of her work at www.nissarhee.com.
Sarah Conway, Editorial Director
Sarah is a multimedia journalist whose work has appeared in Chicago magazine, Chicago Reader, South Side Weekly, Newcity and other publications. She is a reporting fellow at City Bureau, a civic journalism lab based on the South Side of Chicago. Most recently, at City Bureau, she reported on food deserts, the untold stories of Chicago’s African immigrant population and restorative justice. She has worked overseas in Ghana, Madagascar, Niger and Iraq. You can find more of her work at www.sarahanneconway.com.
Alex V. Hernandez, Engagement Director
Alex V. Hernandez, engagement editor at 90 Days, 90 Voices. His reporting has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, In These Times magazine and City Bureau. He is also the Lincoln Square, North Center and Irving Park reporter for Block Club Chicago. He was also a researcher on the Chicago Reporter’s “Settling for Misconduct” interactive database. This investigative project created an easy to navigate, searchable database showing where, how and when police misconduct happens in the city of Chicago. The database was cited by the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in its 2017 report on the Chicago Police Department because “Until the Chicago Reporter created its database…little information about these settlements was publicly available.” He was a 2017 Peter Lisagor Watchdog Award finalist for his work on this database. Alex’s father came to the United States from Mexico City, Mexico in 1972 and his mother is a Tejana from El Paso, Texas. You can find more of his work at https://alexvhernandez.com.
Dan Rowell, Art Director
Daniel is an artist and writer based in Chicago whose work has appeared in The Chicago Reader, City Bureau, Chicagoist, and FanSided. Their ancestors came to the United States from Ireland, Germany, and Wales and now mostly reside in Cleveland, Ohio. You can find more of their work at http://danieljrowell.com/.
Michelle Kanaar, Multimedia Editor
Michelle Kanaar is a documentary photojournalist who focuses on immigration, labor, and education. She is thoroughly committed to social justice issues and is the proud daughter of immigrants from Colombia and the Netherlands. She grew up speaking Spanish and English and studied Arabic and Middle Eastern studies for her Bachelor’s. She has a Master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. You can find more of her work at www.michellekanaar.com.
For the Asylum City project, we are joined by 90 Days, 90 Voices contributors:
F. Amanda Tugade
Amanda is a writer, community journalist and the daughter of Filipino immigrants. With a background in covering the Chicagoland, her work has been featured in Shaw Media, 22nd Century Media and Pioneer Press. She is the former editor of The Tinley Junction, a weekly local newspaper focused on Tinley Park, Ill. and a spring 2018 City Bureau fellow. For more of her published work, visit www.writefelissa.com
Geoff is a freelance photojournalist, feature writer and cultural conservationist whose work has taken him from Chicago all the way to Montevideo, Uruguay and back. His work has been recognized by the Catholic Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2016, Geoff was awarded the grand prize for the Photo District News’ Faces Portrait Photography. You can find his portfolio at www.geofferystellfox.com
Jon is a freelance artist based in Chicago. His work has appeared in publications like The Chicago Reader and 90 Days, 90 Voices. Jon has also received commission-based work from Corsaire Information Security, The Leathernecks Motorcycle Club, and The Buddy Foundation to create art for their organizations as well as private commissions from individuals over the past ten years. Mostly self-taught, Jon studied art at The American Academy of Art, Elmhurst Art Museum and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Last updated:
90 Days, 90 Voices takes our name from Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which President Donald Trump signed on January 27, 2017. That order banned citizens of seven countries from coming to the United States for 90 days and all refugee admissions for 120 days. Syrians, who make up one out of every six refugees in the world today, were indefinitely banned.
While the legality of the order has been challenged, the struggles of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers are ongoing. Every day across the country, mothers are waiting for their children to be let in and churches for the refugee families they sponsored. Meanwhile, families in cities like Chicago are living with the fear of deportation and choosing not to go to school or start new businesses because of possible raids.
90 Days, 90 Voices educates the public about those seeking a home in the United States during an age of unrest through personal narratives, audio, photography, comics, and events. Our goal is to give the public a glimpse into the hardships endured by more than 65 million refugees worldwide who are searching for dignity in the largest displacement crisis since World War II.Last updated:
It is the mission of 90 Days, 90 Voices to educate the public about immigration policy in the United States. We have a special focus on immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers coming from the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.Last updated:
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